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Eloise Bethell Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-141

Scope and Contents

The collection contains memorabilia from local poet Will Inman sent to his close friend Eloise Bethell, including articles, letters, news clippings, and an original pencil sketch by Bethell, to illustrate an Inman work. It also includes several photographs and articles from Bethell's modeling career, articles and programs from her theater career, original prints, and sketches. The time span is 1942 to 2000. Also included is a file of letters between Randall Library Director Sherman Hayes and Eloise Bethell.


  • 1942-2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United StatesĀ  copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Eloise Bethell was born Mary Eloise Bethell in Georgia on May 7, 1924 to parents William Craig Pinckney Bethell and Mary Guerrant Mitchener. She was a graduate of New Hanover High School, and of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina with a B.F.A in Theater. She supported her art career in her youth by modeling fashions in New York and Paris. Her post-graduate art career took her to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and to France. She married Edward Van Duyn Wilkinson in 1961 with whom she had a son, Mikhael "Misha" Bethell Wilkinson (b. 1963). Bethell and her husband divorced. Eloise Bethell died on January 21, 2004.

Will Inman (poet, activist) was born William Archibald McGirt on May 3, 1923 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in English. Inman taught poetry courses at American University in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery College in Maryland. He and Eloise Bethell collaborated on many works, most notably Bethell's "Mexico: A Landscape in People" in 1986. Inman had a son, William Stanley, with Violet Stanley. Inman married Barbara Ann Sherman in 1969, and they divorced in 1975. Inman passed away from Parkinson's Disease on October 3, 2009 in Arizona.


1.1 Linear Feet (Contains 2 full-sized letter document boxes and 1 half-sized letter document box.)




This collection is arranged in three series: personal papers, artist's papers, and Will Inman papers. The first series contains photos and articles from Bethell's later life, and her college theater and modeling careers. The second contains articles, programs, and prints from her art career, and the third contains poems, articles, and correspondence by Will Inman.

Related Materials

See MS# 113 and MS# 136 for additional information on Will Inman.

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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository